It’s been a couple of months since I promised to make these Life Lately posts a regular series again but I just couldn’t bring myself to capture (let alone share) anything life related after losing Dobby so unexpectedly.

March was mostly a grey cloud (literally and emotionally). In April I started to feel up to living life again and the capacity to create began trickling in. Now that May has arrived, along with a special new family member, my heart is feeling a little less heavy.

I’ve found myself snapping photos here and there and I’m ready to get back into the rhythm of sharing those with you. Thanks for sticking around. I know there are several of you out there going through similar losses and life changes right now and my heart goes out to each of you.

The theme of these last couple of months has been: Accepting life’s dualities and trusting in the universe.

The forest is coming alive again with lichen and mosses creeping over trunks and rocks.
Our chives were the first to break ground in the garden and I’m determined to get lots of use out of them this summer. So far I’ve been topping my scrambled eggs with them in the morning and I loved this chive pesto recipe last year.
I genuinely don’t know what I’d have done without my journaling practice over these last couple of months. It’s been an incredible comfort and form of therapy for me as I process Dobby’s departure and come to terms with where I’m at in life. My favourite journal is from Appoinited Co. (save 10% via the link).
It feels great to finally stop worrying about my plants now that they’ve survived the winter up north. I inherited some new friends when a family member moved and it’s been fun to get acquainted with different species.
I’ve been loving my new hair claws by Super Crush, a Canadian mother-daughter owned brand. This is the Demi Clip in Pearl.
A very foggy morning on the lake.


My heart was cringing at the thought of a Life Lately without a section on my forever bear Dobby so my plan is to continue including him in these posts. He still has such a big presence in my life and I know many of you enjoyed seeing him here too. I think sharing a past photo or two from the same time of year could be a nice way to honour his memory.

These are the last photos I took of him when he was still his happy house elf self. Enjoying sun beams after his morning fetches, spilling out over his living room bed, and listening for me to wake up and serve him breakfast every day. I so miss that floofy butt being the first thing I saw every morning.


The queen of covers has been a lady of leisure as usual. She certainly wasn’t expecting to have to train a new friend on the importance of sunbeam snoozes or how to battle over the scratch pad but despite this, she’s been a really good big sister to Genie. In fact, she even seems to like her. Evie has seen Dave and me through every chapter of our life together so far and I’m so grateful that we had her company through the hardest transition yet.


In case you didn’t hear, we brought home a new family member. We’ve called her Genie and she’s every bit as magical as her name suggests. She’s a miniature dappled dachshund and a total treasure to behold. She’s already burrowed deep into our hearts and fits into the family better than we could have imagined.

I wish Dobby could have known her too but the universe didn’t feel that their timelines were meant to overlap. They have so many similar traits and we love getting to know this mighty little spirit. I hope you won’t mind indulging me in an excessive photo dump of our speckled spunkster.

Genies loves:

A toasty snuggle

...sunny spots & causing trouble…

…adventures in the wild

…her toys

…anything to do with her Pa...

…and, lucky for me, she loves a little girl time too.

I definitely can’t get enough of those perfect mitts.


I should have more than mostly pet pictures for you next time (although no promises!) and I hope you’ve all been having a beautiful spring so far.

Leave me a comment here!

  1. Uta says:

    Dear Lee,
    you got a new family member! How awesome! She is a cute one! I’m pretty sure Genie ist doing a great job helping you to feel better. I love your writing about Dobby’s absence, but that he is still there.
    All the best from Germany!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Uta! Genie has been a wonderful addition to our lives for sure. So much personality for such a small package. Hope you’re having a beautiful spring in Germany! xo

  2. Andrea says:

    Aww little Genie is SO adorable. I love a dapple doxie. I have a chocolate mini doxie (Mocha). They are the sweetest most ferocious little things. While Dobbie can never be replaced, hopefully Genie helps your heart to heal. ❤️

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Andrea, she is certainly working her magic. Mocha is such a perfect name! I definitely get what you mean about them being the sweetest and the most ferocious haha.

  3. Anne says:

    I love so much that Dobby still has his place here, and I love how you are doing it. I can imagine how much you miss him, how much he is still there in your day to day. Time will make things softer, and he will always be there. As a friend of mine is saying “speak his name!”, they are always with us.
    Genie is just adorable, all these pictures are so lovely. Thank you for this post, it reflects so well how you have been feeling. Sending love your way ❤

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much for this lovely note Anne. I definitely agree with your friend that is helps to speak their names. Really appreciate you being here to share it all with. xo